- Sports broadcasting rights in the USA
This page refers to sports broadcasting rights in the
USA. For a list of sports broadcasting rights in other countries, see Sports television broadcast contracts.
Major League Baseball
*FOX: 26 Saturday afternoon games; All-Star Game; one League Championship Series*; World Series
*TBS: 26 Sunday afternoon games; regular-season tiebreak games, if needed; Division Series games; one League Championship Series*
*TNT: Division series games not aired on sister network TBS
*ESPN: Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday Night Games ; Opening Day games
* *In 2008, FOX will air the
National League Championship Series, while TBS will air the American League Championship Series. These rights will alternate years through 2013.
Additionally, local or regional broadcasters contract with the MLB team in their area for the right to broadcast a number of regular season games locally. These broadcasters can be traditional over-the-air television stations as well as regional cable sports channels. The
Chicago Cubsand Chicago White Soxair some of their games on WGN-TV, which has become a superstation, so those games are available nationwide. (A similar arrangement with the Atlanta Bravesand TBS expired following the 2007 season.)
Source: MLB Press Release [http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/news/press_releases/press_release.jsp?ymd=20060711&content_id=1552548&vkey=pr_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb]
National Basketball Association
*ABC: Sunday Afternoon Game ; NBA Finals until 2016
*TNT: Thursday night doubleheader; All-Star Game; Eastern Conference Finals until 2016
*ESPN: Wednesday night game and Friday night doubleheader; Western Conference Finals until 2016
NBA TV, MOJO HD: Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday night games until 2016
Additionally, local or regional broadcasters contract with the NBA team in their area for the right to broadcast a number of regular season games locally. These broadcasters can be traditional over-the-air television stations as well as regional cable sports channels. WGN, a Chicago-based superstation, broadcasts a limited number of
Chicago Bullsregular season games on their national feed, fewer than they provide locally. If ESPN chooses to opt out of airing all of the games on their night, NBA TV airs a game in its place. Games in the first two rounds of the playoffs can be aired by regional broadcasters, unless the national broadcaster has exclusive rights. Games in the first round not selected by national broadcasters are usually broadcast by NBA TV.
Women's National Basketball Association
*ABC: national broadcast contract (Saturday games) until 2016
ESPN2: selected weeknight games, playoffs, and WNBA Finalsuntil 2016
NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournamentalong with selected regular season games.
ESPN Classic: Pre-season and post-season NIT games.
*ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU: NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament.
*Nationally-televised regular-season games appear on ABC, CBS,
CBS College Sports Network, ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU, FSN, Fox College Sports, Versus, and others.
FIBA World Championship
FIBA World Championship for Women
Cricket Plus: First ever 24x7 cricketchannel in US.
Zee Sports: shows selected live cricketvia Dish Network
Direct TVand Dish Networkoffers live cricket broadcaston Pay-per-view.
Zee Sports: is the official broadcaster of Indian Cricket Leaguein USA.
Dish Networkand Direct TVare the official broadcasters of Indian Premier Leaguein USA.
National Football League
*CBS: AFC Sunday afternoon games; 1 Thanksgiving Day game; 4 AFC playoff games; Super Bowl XLIV (2010); 3 Preseason games.
*FOX: NFC Sunday afternoon games; 1 Thanksgiving Day game; 4 NFC playoff games; Super Bowl XLV (2011); 3 Preseason games.
*NBC: NFL Kickoff game; 16 Sunday night games; 2 wild-card playoff games; Super Bowls XLIII (2009) and XLVI (2012); 3 Preseason games.
*ESPN: 17 Monday night games (Doubleheader Week 1, Singleheader Weeks 2–16); 4 Preseason games
NFL Network: 8 late-season NFL games (starting Thanksgiving) on Thursday and/or Saturday Night; 2 Preseason games.
DirecTV: NFL Sunday Ticket- Pay-per-view rights to all CBS and FOX regular-season games (excluding Thanksgiving games).
*Sunday afternoon Interconference games air on the network of the "visiting" team's conference.
*CBS and FOX each receive 8 single games and nine doubleheaders.
*The network airing a given Super Bowl will also telecast that season's Pro Bowl the following weekend.
*NFL Sunday Ticket pay-per-view games available for out-of-market games only in any given area.
College Football Bowl games
*FOX: Cotton, Orange, Fiesta, and Sugar Bowls (2007–2010), plus BCS National Championship Game (2007–2009)
*ABC: Capital One Bowl and Rose Bowl, plus BCS National Championship Game (2010)
*CBS: Sun Bowl and Gator Bowl
*NFL Network: Insight Bowl and Texas Bowl
*All other bowl games air on ESPN, ESPN2, or NFL Network.
Arena Football League: ESPN/ABC will air 26 regular season games and nine postseason games per year through 2011. The 2007 season includes 14 Monday night games on ESPN2, while the Arena Bowlwill air on ABC. Select games air on regional stations.
Major League Soccer
ESPN2: MLS Primetime Thursday, MLS All-Star Game, select playoff games.
*ABC: MLS Cup Final
Fox Soccer Channel/ Fox Sports en Español: game of the week (generally Saturday).
Univision: Spanish language broadcasts on Galavisionand Telefutura(generally Sunday).
HDNet: game of the week, select playoff games.
United Soccer Leagues
Fox Soccer Channel: game of the week (Fridays) US Open Cup
Fox Soccer Channel: Final, other selected matches
Primera División de México
Univision, Galavisión, TeleFutura, and Azteca Americabroadcast the top Division of Mexican Soccer in the USA.
2006 FIFA World Cup
*German-language: Setanta Sports
*2010 FIFA World Cup - CONMEBOL Qualifier:
UEFA European Soccer
UEFA European Football Championship: ABC/ ESPN/ ESPN2/ ESPN Classic(English-language); ESPN Deportes(Spanish-language)
UEFA Champions League: ESPN2, ESPN ClassicESPN Deportes (Spanish) and Setanta Sports North America
English Club Soccer
Premier League: Fox Soccer Channeland Setanta Sports North America
Football League Championship: Setanta Sports North America
FA Cup: Fox Soccer Channel
Carling Cup: Setanta Sports North America
Blue Square Premier: Setanta Sports North America(Playoffs only)
2007 Copa America: Univision/ TeleFutura/Galavisión (Spanish-language) and GolTV(English language)
CONCACAF Champions' Cup 2007: Fox Soccer Channel
2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup: Fox Soccer Channel(English-language); Univision/ TeleFutura/Galavisión (Spanish-language)
Serie A: Fox Soccer Channel(English-language) and Fox Sports en Español(Spanish-language)
Primera División Argentina: Fox Soccer Channel(English-language); Fox Sports en Españoland TyC Sports (Spanish-language)
German Bundesliga: GolTV
Spanish Primera Liga: GolTV
Australian rules football
*Australian Rules Football:
Setanta Sports North Americaairs one live game per week, plus playoffs and the AFL Grand Final.
Canadian Football League: America Onebroadcasts three live games a week, plus all playoff games and the Grey Cup.
All-Ireland Senior Football Championship: Setanta Sports North America airs approximately 25 games per season.
* Setanta Sports North America airs matches from the world's two main leagues:
National Rugby League(Australia, with one team in New Zealand)
** Super League (England, with one team in France)
* Setanta Sports North America has rights to the following competitions:
Rugby World Cup
** Six Nations (European national teams)
** Tri Nations (Australia, New Zealand, South Africa national teams)
Heineken Cup(European clubs)
Super 14(Australia, New Zealand, South Africa franchises)
Guinness Premiership(English clubs)
** Magners League (Ireland, Scotland, Wales franchises)
EDF Energy Cup(knockout cup competition involving Guinness Premiership and Welsh Magners League sides)
Currie Cup(South African provinces)
Air New Zealand Cup(New Zealand provinces)
* Versus airs the
USA Sevensin the sevens variant of rugby union.
The Players Championship- Golf Channel/NBC
*The Masters - ESPN/CBS
*U.S. Open - ESPN/NBC
*British Open - TNT/ABC
PGA Championship- TNT/CBS
Ryder Cup- ESPN/NBC
*Other PGA Tour coverage - CBS, NBC, The Golf Channel
Kraft Nabisco Championship(formerly Dinah Shore): ESPN2/ABC
LPGA Championship: Golf Channel/CBS
*U.S. Women's Open: ESPN2/NBC
Women's British Open: TNT/ABC
Solheim Cupand other LPGA events: Golf Channel
National Hockey League
*Versus: One to three regular-season games/week, All-Star Game, playoffs, Stanley Cup Finals (games 1–2) until 2008
*NBC: Sunday afternoon late-season games, weekend afternoon playoff games and Stanley Cup Finals (games 3–7) until 2008
HDNet: Thursday and Saturday Night Games until 2008
*NHL Network: Wednesday, Friday and occasional Sunday games
Additionally, viewers near the Canadian border, especially in the
Detroitand Buffalo markets, can view CBC broadcasts of Hockey Night in Canada, playoffs and Stanley Cup Finals. CBC reaches most cable subscribers in Michiganand the Buffalo area, and CBC broadcasts of NHL playoff games often get better ratings in those markets than the simultaneous American broadcast when both are available.
Local or regional broadcasters contract with the NHL team in their area for the right to broadcast a number of regular season games locally. These broadcasters can be traditional over-the-air television stations as well as regional cable sports channels. While the
Chicago Blackhawkswill be broadcasting games on WGN-TVbeginning in autumn 2008, these games will not be available for the WGN Americafeed due to league broadcast regulations.
The following regional stations have playoff contracts in the United States when the corresponding team is participating, regardless of the round:
NESN- Boston Bruins
New York Rangers
NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship:
ESPNU(Regional Semifinals/Finals), ESPN2(National Semifinals), ESPN(National Championship)
Kentucky Derbyand Preakness Stakes: NBC
Belmont Stakes: ABC
Breeders' Cup: ESPN/ESPN2Other Races:
Hambletonian& Hambletonian Oaks: NBC
Virginia Derby: CBS
Major League Lacrosse
ESPN2: NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship: ESPN2 (Semifinals); ESPN (Final)NCAA
*CBS College Sports Network: NCAA Men's Division II and III Finals and NCAA Women's Division I, II and III Finals
*Nationally-televised regular-season games appear on CBS College Sports Network, Fox College Sports and ESPNU.
**FOX: races #1 (Daytona 500) through 13; Bud Shootout
**TNT: races #14–19
**ESPN: races #20–25
**ABC: races #26–36
**SPEED: Gatorade Duel and All-Star Challenge (non-points events)
Nationwide Series: All races on ESPN2, except for two on ESPN and four on ABC
Craftsman Truck Series: All races on SPEED, except for two on FOX
Other auto racing series
*IRL IndyCar Series:
** Current (2008) contract: all races on ABC/ESPN/ESPN2
** Beginning 2009: ABC will continue to air the
Indianapolis 500and 4 other races TBA (through 2012); 13 races on Versus (through 2018)
Formula One: SPEED broadcasts 14 live races, plus qualifying and Friday practice sessions; FOX airs 4 races (2 live, 2 on tape-delay)
American Le Mans Series: 3 races on ABC, 2 on NBC, 7 on SPEED
National Hot Rod Association: All Powerade and Lucas Oil Series events air on ESPN2
A1 Grand Prix: SPEED
IAAF World Championships in Athletics: NBC, Versus
Australian Open: ESPN2/ The Tennis Channel
French Open: ESPN2/ The Tennis Channel/ NBC
*US Open: USA/
CBS(ESPN2 to replace USA beginning in 2009)
United States Davis Cup Team: Versus
Davis Cup: The Tennis Channel
Fed Cup: The Tennis Channel
Tennis Masters Cup: ESPN2/The Tennis Channel (Doubles matches)
WTA Tour Championships: Versus/The Tennis Channel (Doubles matches)
Association of Volleyball Professionals: FSN, with some events on FOX, NBC and MyNetworkTV.
US Figure Skating Championships: NBC
World Equestrian Games: NBC
America's Cup: Versus
Professional Bowlers Association: ESPN
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